Archive for the ‘quotes’ Category

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I contain multitudes….

April 22, 2011

“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.” ~Walt Whitman

I was reading a blog tonight and was reminded of this quote. I would love to link but I don’t know how….Search “Enjoying the Small Things”

Anyway, this is one of my all time favorite quotes from Walt Whitman. Sometimes I forget. I forget that “in this blade of grass” that I am everything and everything is in me. An atom that you breathe, I also breathe. I have a multitude within me, including you, including Norah, including all the people that were once here but are now gone. Everyday, I get focused on work, the next thing I have to complete, the next thing I have to do for the kids, meeting their needs, meeting all needs of everyone who needs me – my husband, my kids, my friends, my students – everyone. Except sometimes, I forget to meet my own needs.

But I contain multitudes. I am a professor. I am a friend. I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a faculty member. I am a geologist. I am a sister. I have many titles. I enjoy many things. I’m pretty happy contridicting myself…

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The Usual Resolutions

December 30, 2009

I don’t do them. I don’t make lists of things that I want to do or should do. I try to be a good person, take care of family, do that best that I can. I realize that I am doing all that I can right now and refuse to add more complexity and guilt to my life. Don’t I already have enough? So, in honor of the pending new year, I will post something that got sent to me in a chain main. Which I normal don’t read and never forward onward but when it is from my fellow babylost moms, I always stop and read. I don’t know who the author is of this quote. Maybe one of you can enlighten me.

May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.

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November 13, 2009

“When we look deep into the heart of a flower, we see clouds, sunshine, minerals, time, the earth, and everything else in the cosmos in it. Without clouds there could be no rain, and there would be no flower.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh

Norah, are you in that flower?

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November 11, 2009

“A human being is part of the whole called by us ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest–a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prision for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to fee ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

-Albert Einstein